ACC Appointments



ACC Appointments 

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the following appointments on in-situ basis by temporarily upgrading the posts held by the officers: 


(i) Shri Rajiv Kumar, lAS(JH:84) as Additional Secretary, Department of Expenditure. 

(ii) Shri A.B. Pandey, lAS(MH:84) as DDG, UlDAl, Mumbai in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary. 

(iii) Shri Ashok M.R. Dalawai, lAS(OR:84) as DDG, UlDAl, Bangalore in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary. 

(iv) Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla, lAS(AM:84) as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Coal. 

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Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) Signs MOU with South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) for LED Street Lighting 

All 5 Lakh Street Lights in Delhi Would be Replaced by LED Lights Within 1 Year : Shri Piyush Goyal 

All 5 lakh street lights in Delhi would be replaced by LED lights within 1 year, saving over Rs. 1,000 crore over a 7 year period. This was stated by Shri Piyush Goyal , Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy here today, while witnessing the ceremony of signing of MOU between South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for replacing 2 lakh conventional street lights in the SDMC area with energy efficient and smart LED lights at no upfront capital cost to SDMC. 

Inspired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ’s announcement on the national launch of the LED lighting program on 5th January, 2015 that initially 100 cities in India would be covered by LED lighting, Shri Goyal announced that the nationwide rollout will be completed in 3 years. Within 4 days of the Prime Minister’s announcement, EESL and SDMC signed an agreement, Shri Goyal added. 

LED lights offer significantly greater luminescence, for the same wattage. For instance, in Ward No. 161 in Adchini Village, a 150W sodium lamp was replaced with a 70W LED luminaire and the luminescence improved from 30 Lux to 312 Lux i.e. over 10 times! SDMC’s street lights today consume 10.7 crore Units today, but the twin features of lesser wattage and higher luminescence, the energy consumed can be reduced by upto 70%, thereby saving over Rs. 500 crores in 7 years i.e. 3 times more than the Rs. 175 crore required to install LEDs. 

The repayments to EESL will be out of savings in energy and maintenance cost of SDMC over a 7 year contract period. EESL will also provide free replacements and maintenance of lights at no additional cost. Within just ten days of the LED street programme launch in Delhi on 25th December, 2015, street lights in three wards have been completely replaced by LED at Naraina, Laxmi Nagar and Malaviya Nagar areas. 

In addition to this, as part of the pan India home lighting programme, domestic energy efficient lighting program for Delhi shall cover distribution of 1 crore energy efficient bulbs (with 7 year warranty) which shall lead to an overall energy saving of 25 crore units every year translating into a saving of over Rs. 1,000 crore on a 7 year period. 

Surveys conducted in Malaviya Nagar, after installation of 1,100 LED street lights in place of conventional lights revealed immense satisfaction particularly for women (better security), small businessmen (increased lighting attracted more customers to their establishments), and the general public at large (sense of safety and lower propensity for road accidents). 

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Indian Railways Invite Suggestions from the Public for Forthcoming Railway Budget 
Railway Ministry Receives Collective Inputs on Various Railway Subjects from Online Community 

The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has been emphasizing on the need to make Indian Railways citizen oriented, so that citizens can provide inputs on various aspects on railways to improve services in railways. It is also in line with the approach of Hon’ble Prime Minister on the matter of participative governance. 

The Ministry of Railways has invited suggestions from the public on various subjects for the forthcoming railway budget 2015-16. The citizens can login on the website of Ministry of Railways with the URL www.indianrailways.gov.in and submit suggestions online on varied railway subjects which include computerization, electrical, electrification of lines, finance, foot over bridges, freight, Infrastructure, innovative ideas and railway lines, Road Over/Under Bridges, crime prevention, safe running of trains/Disaster Management, tourism related services, new trains, extension of trains, augmentation of trains, frequency of trains, pantry cars & catering etc.etc. Suggestions for the forthcoming budget can be submitted upto 16th January, 2015. 

In addition, Citizens can also give their complaints, general suggestions and feedback online on the same website of the Ministry of Railways round the year which can be tracked also online. 

The Indian Railways is already connecting with the people through its social media platforms namely Twitter, Facebook and Youtube with the common URL @RailMinIndia. 

In a similar move, a community social media platform called ‘LocalCircles’ with the URL ‘http://www.localcircles.com’ has voluntarily offered to be a partner with Indian Railways to provide collective citizen inputs on various aspects pertaining to railways. The local circle “Make Railways Better” has been generating number of inputs based on the feedback from their large 70,000+ strong online citizen community on various subjects like budget, cleanliness, safety, reservation systems, productivity, food etc. 

‘Make Railways Better’ citizen community has so far submitted collective citizen inputs on safety, cleanliness, improving railway reservation system, maximizing revenue, improving catering, improving productivity to Railway Ministry. LocalCircles has also offered to work with Railways to enable citizen’s ratings for trains, stations and services etc. 

Collective inputs from the citizens are being seen and examined by the Railway administration and incorporated into various initiatives as found fit and feasible. 

Indian Railways welcomes such initiatives from the civil society and it proposes to engage citizens to participate in its other key objectives also like cleanliness, improving civic sense and together making Indian Railways the best rail network in the world.

Such initiatives will help Railways come closer to citizens and better understand challenges that the citizens experience and ensure that most important areas from a citizen perspective find place in Railways’ priorities. 

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Task Force on Improving Productivity in Railways Constituted 

A 10-member Task Force headed by Executive Director, Mechanical Engineering (Infrastructure), Railway Board, has been constituted for giving suggestions to improve productivity in Railway Operations, Manufacturing and other Departments of Indian Railways. The other nine members of the Task Force are Executive Director, Mechanical Engineering (Freight), Mechanical Engineering (PU), Executive Director, Track (Modernisation), Executive Director, Electrical Engineering (Development), Executive Director, Traffic Commercial (Rates), Executive Director, Signal (Development), Executive Director (Industrial Relations), Executive Director, Railway Stores (General) and Executive Director, Finance (Store). 

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Creation of a new ‘Environment Management’ Directorate in Railway Board 

The Ministry of Railways has decided to constitute a new Directorate in Railway Board, named as “Environment Management’ headed by Advisor (Mechanical Engineering) Project, who will now re-designated as Advisor (Environment). In addition, six more Executive Directors of Railway Board would be handling issues related to this newly created Environment Directorate in addition to their normal assigned duties. They are; i) Executive Director, Electrical Engineering (Modernisation), ii) Executive Director, Public Grievances, iii) Executive Director (Land & Amenities L-1), iv) Executive Director, Finance (Expenditure), v) Executive Director (Efficiency & Research) and vi) Executive Director, Mechanical Engineering (Development). 

Advisor (Environment) will be full time Advisor for Environment Directorate. This Directorate would be responsible for ensuring effective utilization of water resources and conduct of energy and water audits and all matters related with environment management. 

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Indian Railways’ Freight Loading up by 5.04 per cent during April-December 2014 

Indian Railways carried 808.56 million tonnes of revenue earning freight traffic during 1st April to 31st December 2014. The freight carried shows an increase of 38.82 million tonnes over the freight traffic of 768.74 million tonnes actually carried during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 5.04 per cent. 

During the month of December 2014, the revenue earning freight traffic carried by Indian Railways was 95.46 million tonnes. There is an increase of 3.30 million tonnes over the actual freight traffic of 92.16 million tonnes carried by the Indian Railways during the same period last year, showing an increase of 3.58 per cent. 

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Storage Status of 85 Important Reservoirs of the Country as on January 08, 2015 

The Water Storage available in 85 important reservoirs of the country as on January 08, 2015 was 86.978 BCM which is 56% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This storage is 85% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 100%of storage of average of last ten years. The present storage position during current year is less than the storage position of last year and is equal to the storage of average of last ten years.Central Water Commission monitors live storage status of 85 important reservoirs of the country on weekly basis. These reservoirs include 37 reservoirs having hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW. The total storage capacity of these reservoirs is 155.046 BCM which is about 61% of the storage capacity of 253.388 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country. 

REGION WISE STORAGE STATUS : 

NORTHERN REGION 

The northern region includes States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. There are 6 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 18.01 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 8.40 BCM which is 47% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 60% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 51% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

EASTERN REGION 

The Eastern region includes States of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura. There are 15 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 18.83 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 13.32 BCM which is 71% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 84% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 67% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year but better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period. 

WESTERN REGION 

The Western region includes States of Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 22 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 24.54 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 14.36 BCM which is 58% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 73% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 65% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the storage of last year and also less than the average storage of last ten years. 

CENTRAL REGION 

The Central region includes States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. There are 12 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 42.30BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 27.66 BCM which is 65% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 72% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 46% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the storage of last year but better than the average storage of last ten years. 

SOUTHERN REGION 

The Southern region includes States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are 30 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 51.37 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 23.24 BCM which is 45% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 53% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 58% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period. 

States having better storage than last year for corresponding period are Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Tripura, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh. 

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